- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 4, 2002

Books

• "Grandparents as Parents: A Survival Guide for Raising a Second Family," by Sylvie de Toledo and Deborah Edler Brown, Guilford Press, 1995. This is a comprehensive look at the social, emotional, financial and legal aspects of raising a grandchild. Ms. de Toledo, founder of the support and advocacy group called Grandparents as Parents (GAP), can be reached at 818/789-1177 or 310/839-2548.

• "Raising Our Children's Children," by Deborah Doucette-Dudman, Fairview Press, 1999. The author writes of her own experience with raising a grandchild and also offers practical advice.

• "To Grandma's House, We … Stay: When You Have to Stop Spoiling Your Grandchildren and Start Raising Them," by Sally Houtman, Studio 4 Productions, 1999. This book guides grandparents through raising a family again.

Association

• AARP Grandparent Information Center, 601 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20049. Phone: 202/434-2296 or 800/424-3410. Web site: www.aarp.org/grandparents. AARP has a section devoted to advising grandparents who find themselves parenting. It has information on legal issues, support groups and financial assistance.

Online

• GrandsPlace, a Web site founded by grandparents raising grandchildren, has resources, legal information, inspirational stories and support group information at www.grandsplace.com.

• The nonprofit Foundation for Grandparenting has a Web site (www.grandparenting.org) with general grandparenting information.

• At Grandparent Again (www.grandparentagain.com), a site also produced by grandparents, visitors can find legal and practical advice.

Local support

• The Jewish Social Service Agency of Metropolitan Washington has a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren. The group is led by social worker Nancy Sandler. It meets the third Thursday of the month in Gaithersburg. Phone: 301/ 990-6880, Ext. 319.

• Grandparents on the Move is a support and social group in the District. It meets at various times and locations throughout the city. Phone: Mary Jackson at 202/575-2811.

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